Bob Goodlatte (born September 22, 1952) is a Republican U.S. Representative from Virginia. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Goodlatte received a B.A. from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1974. He also holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (1977). Goodlatte was an attorney in private practice in his early professional career before becoming a staff aide for U.S. Representative M. Caldwell Butler of Virginia, from 1977-1979. He was elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Third and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1993-present), representing the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia (map). In the One Hundred Eighth and succeeding Congress, Goodlatte served as chair of the House Committee on Agriculture.
On February 16th, 2006 United States Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rick Boucher (D-VA) reintroduced proposed legislation (the "Bill") entitled the "Internet Gambling Prohibition Act" in the United States Congress. A similar piece of proposed legislation was previously introduced in both the 106th and 107th sessions of Congress but did not gain the necessary support for passage.